My Heart Dances Despite the Struggles

heart-dancesWhether your body dances or not Jackie shares how her heart dances with the blessings God provides.

“Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp” (Psalm 149:3).

I can’t dance. I found that out for sure when at 42 I went back to college and took ballroom dancing for physical education. I was horribly humiliated! Most of my partners were eighteen-year-old boys who could dance effortlessly. I couldn’t even figure out where to put my feet. I think I got a “B” in the course because the instructor took pity on me and I received a good grade on the written exam.

Oh well, I know I’m good at one kind of dancing though–dancing in my heart to the Lord.

When the weather is nice my husband and I go out to the Cove Park and sit for 2 to 3 hours reading, talking, and taking in the beautiful scenery. The park is surrounded by a peaceful, crystal-clear lake and is alive with ducks, geese, blue herons, squirrels, a canopy of trees overhead, and children laughing. This time of the year the new baby geese and ducks are marching behind their mothers.

My heart dances.

I think about my beloved husband, children, and grandchildren who give me much joy and my heart dances. Then I think about all my supportive, fun-loving friends and my heart continues to dance.

My daughter-in-law to be cooks for my husband and me 2-3 times a week. I’m my husband’s caregiver because he has a form of dementia. His care is so time-consuming so Judy who loves to cook (and I don’t) brings food over. What a joy—my heart really dances!

There are times that we have to dance in the rain when everything is not going just right, when our chronic disease flares up.

At those times, we have to look more carefully for chances to dance. But, best of all, I think about my Lord. Just the thought of his name causes my heart to dance. After all, He is the Lord of the dance.

Prayer: Dear Lord, Let me never be too serious to experience pure joy, to happily dance in my heart for all of Your magnificent blessings. Amen.

About the author:
Jackie Smith lives at the foot of the magnificent Smoky Mountains in Knoxville, TN. She has Sjogren’s Disease and migraines. Jackie had a bilateral mastectomy over 25 years ago. She’s so grateful to be a survivor. Just a few years ago she had to have her colon removed, necessitating an ileostomy. Jackie received her master’s degree in Child and Family Services. While she has never been able to work using her degree, it’s been an asset with her husband, 5 children and 12 grandchildren. Her writing about God’s exuberant love is one of her greatest joys.

What is in your life today that causes you to dance?

Dancing is a form of worship and we could all use a bit more dancing in our life!

This is Jason Gray singing “Good To Be Alive.” I know there are some real roller coaster days and our emotions can go up and down depending on our circumstances. But each day is a gift from God and He has a specific reason you are still here today. Enjoy it in whatever way you can. -Lisa

This is a bit silly but fun. Jason shares here how we can change our attitude and have a grateful heart.